18-Wheeler Wrecks, Spills Fuel Onto I-35E

Authorities say diesel fuel spilled when an 18-wheeler crashed Monday morning is blocking multiple lanes of Interstate 35E in Dallas.

A pickup truck was heading south on I-35E near Wycliff Avenue when it struck the guard rail and dislodged it, authorities said. The 18-wheeler driver could not avoid the loose guard rail, police said.

"Part of the guardrail was on the freeway and the 18-wheeler hit it and it punctured the one of the tanks," Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Ralph Brown said.

Brown said 85 to100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the road.

"We got the hazmat unit out here which has, essentially, kitty litter. They spread it out to absorb it," he said. "They have some equipment to pick up the absorbent and diesel fuel."

Hazmat crews were able to contain the spill.

The wreck blocked two lanes of traffic early Monday morning. All lanes had reopened by about 7 a.m.

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